Toledo Mud Hens 3, Buffalo Bisons 2 (box)
Buck Farmer held Buffalo to just two runs (one earned) in seven strong innings, earning his fifth win of the season. He has lost his strikeout touch recently, and only fanned two batters in last night's outing. Holding a 3-2 lead in the late innings, the Mud Hens bullpen was able to shut the door with a pair of scoreless innings. Xavier Avery helped spark the Toledo offense, scoring a run in the first inning and driving in the eventual winning run in the fourth. Jefry Marte hit a double and scored a run. Josh Wilson also scored once and had an RBI.
Avery: 1-4, 2B, R, RBI, BB
Marte: 2-4, 2B, R
Wilson: 1-4, R, RBI, 3 SO
Moya: 1-4, 2B, SO
Machado: 0-3, BB, 2 SO
Farmer (W): 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 2 SO
COMING UP NEXT: Kyle Ryan (0-5, 4.60 ERA) is still searching for his first win of the season. He will face off against Buffalo righthander Miguel Castro (0-1, 3.38 ERA) as the Mud Hens and Bisons continue their weekend series.
Trenton Thunder 8, Erie SeaWolves 6 (box)
Erie fell into an early deficit, as starter Austin Kubitza was roughed up for five runs on nine hits in four innings of work. The SeaWolves offense did their best to get back in the game, but the Erie bullpen was unable to stop the bleeding in an 8-6 loss. Wynton Bernard had three hits and three RBI for Erie, while Jason Krizan added a pair of hits and another RBI. The bottom of the order contributed four of Erie's six runs, as Brendan Harris and Josh Prince each reached base and scored twice.
Bernard: 3-5, 2B, R, 3 RBI
Green: 2-3, 2B, 2 BB
Krizan: 2-5, RBI
Prince: 1-3, 2B, 2 R, BB
Kubitza (L): 4.0 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, BB, 2 SO
COMING UP NEXT: Warwick Saupold (1-1, 5.14 ERA) will start for Erie tonight against Trenton lefty Miguel Sulbaran (3-1, 2.80 ERA). Erie is 8 1/2 games out of first place and two games behind Richmond in the Eastern League Western Division.
A walk-off ground rule double by Raph Rhymes in the bottom of the 10th inning scored pinch runner Tyler Hanover, snapping Lakeland's two-game losing streak. The game was a frustrating one for both offenses, who combined for 23 hits and four walks, but only seven runs. Francisco Martinez, who reached base and stole second to set up the game-winning play in the 10th, had three hits on the night. Domonic Ficociello and Bobby Borchering added a pair of hits apiece. Starter Locke St. John worked 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits.
Martinez: 3-5, RBI, SO, SB
Ficociello: 2-5, R, 2 SO
Betancourt: 0-2, 2 R, 3 BB, SO
Borchering: 2-5, RBI, SO
St. John: 6.1 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, BB, 2 SO
Voelker (W): 1.0 IP, 0 ER, SO
COMING UP NEXT: Kevin Ziomek will go for his fifth win of the season tonight against Bradenton righthander Frank Duncan. Lakeland is currently 20-21, 5 1/2 games behind first place Daytona.
West Michigan Whitecaps 3, Dayton Dragons 2 (box)
Neither starter budged until the seventh inning, when Dayton pushed across a pair of runs against Whitecaps starter Fernando Perez. West Michigan responded with runs in the seventh and eighth inning, forcing the game to extra innings. After Gabe Speier recorded a pair of outs with a runner on base in the top of the 10th, the Whitecaps ran their way to a win in the bottom of the inning. Derek Hill was thrown out at third base on a fielder's choice, but Ross Kivett reached base with two outs. Kivett stole second and third base, then scored on a wild pitch from Dragons pitcher Joe Mantoni to deliver a Whitecaps win.
Hill: 2-5, RBI, SO
Kivett: 1-5, 2 R, SO, 3 SB
Gerber: 1-2, 2 BB, 2 SB
Pankake: 0-4, 4 SO
Perez: 6.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, BB, 4 SO
Speier (W): 0.2 IP, 0 ER, SO
COMING UP NEXT: Ross Seaton (5-1, 2.72 ERA) will look to continue his walk-less streak tonight against Daytona and starter Tyler Mahle (3-3, 3.28 ERA).